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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico fell 1.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
California 6.9% -0.4 -1.8
Chico 5.7% -1.0 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 14,915. There are now 9,695 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 5,220 -1,023 -1,443

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.9% 5.7% 5,220
October
2021
4.6% 7.3% 6.7% 6,243
September
2021
4.7% 7.5% 6.8% 6,345
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 6.9% 6,394
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 6.9% 6,362
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 6.9% 6,371
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 6.9% 6,309
April
2021
6.0% 8.0% 6.8% 6,234
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 6.7% 6,179
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 6.8% 6,285
January
2021
6.4% 9.0% 6.9% 6,333

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.